Submitted to: Florida Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/31/2010
Publication Date: 12/1/2010
Citation: Fothergill, K., Woodley, N.E., Tindall, K.V. 2010. Zelia tricolor (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tachinidae): New host records. Florida Entomologist. 93(4):637-638. Interpretive Summary: Parasitic flies are important to U.S. agriculture because many attack insects that are pests of agricultural crops. New host records are presented for a poorly known parasitic fly that attacks stalk-boring weevils and longhorned beetles. One of its longhorned beetle hosts is known to be a stalk-boring pest of soybeans, so it could have potential as a biocontrol agent. This information will be of use to scientists interested in the biology of parasitic flies as well as biocontrol researchers.
Technical Abstract: New host records are given for Zelia tricolor (Coquillett), a tachinid fly that is a parasitoid of stalk-boring beetles. New host records include Cerambycidae: Hippopsis lemniscata (F.) and Oberea tripunctata (Swederus); Curculionidae: Rhodobaenus quinquepunctatus (Say); and Languriidae: Languria bicolor (F.). The few previously reported hosts of Z. tricolor are summarized.